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Defining the industry standard for public swimming pools has been a patchwork of local efforts resulting in over 256 separate codes impacting design, construction and operations.  This fragmented process has resulted in conflicting regulations and the inability to create a dynamic best practices process for aquatic safety.  The simple fact was that the aquatic industry was not doing a good job of providing the best possible information to keep pools safe and keep pools open.

In 2007, with seed money from the National Swimming Pool Foundation, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) began to develop a Model Aquatic Health Code that is user-friendly, knowledge-based and scientifically supported with the goal to reduce risk and promote healthy water recreation experiences.

Since that time, 14 separate modules have been developed, posted for public comment, refined, and now knitted together into one comprehensive document.  This complete version was released for public comment on March 28, 2014.  If you are an aquatic industry professional, I strongly urge you to take the time to review the material and provide your feedback.  This is critical to the success of the pool industry.

Links:

Model Aquatic Health Code

Model Aquatic Health Code Annex

Comment Process

Comments are due by May 27, 2014.

We are paid to think.  One of my mentors, Vince Langley, suggested that if you see one of your team members leaning back in their chair in deep thought that this is a good thing and should be encouraged.  He went further to suggest each team member should take time each day to think.

As business leaders are we feeding our brain and allowing it to metabolize our thought’s.  Where I do my best thinking is when I am around other business people learning new information.  Something gets said that sparks ideas, sometimes on a completely different topic.  There are business groups that are particularly good for this type of brain food (Vistage, The Alternative Board, Young Presidents’ Organization and many others).  Online TED Talks are another great way of getting the brain going each day.  Not only will you feed your brain, but add a great deal to your personal knowledge base.

The closing ceremonies had barely finished in Sochi when the eyes of the world returned to this region to try and understand the impact of the Ukrainian Crisis.  As business leaders should we be taking action to plan for changes economically, politically, or internationally.  Alan Beaulieu with ITR Economics is a resource I have followed for years.  In his recent blog post he explains that the US economy is so large that any disruption will have minimal impact.  In addition, both Russia and the Ukraine need hard currency, so any disruption will be short to keep the cash flow going.  In summary, this is mostly a political issue.

To read the full article click the below link:

http://itreconomics.com/blog/economic-impact-of-situation-in-ukraine